Candidates for top police role are now official
ONLY one of the four people in the running to be Avon and Somerset's first Police and Crime Commissioner turned up for the official announcement of candidates yesterday.
Independent Sue Mountstevens was the lone figure at what was essentially a name-reading exercise.
"I'm very excited," she told The Post. It's going to be a very challenging few weeks up to the election."
The Bristol magistrate of 15 years and former member of Avon and Somerset police authority added: "I'm working hard to get the message out there that if people want to get party politics out of policing, they should vote for me."
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When the list of PCC candidates was read out in the main council chamber, there were no surprises.
The other three candidates remain Pete Levy (Liberal Democrat), Ken Maddock (Conservative) and John Savage (Labour).
Mr Levy, a Bristol city councillor for Horfield, was absent because he was meeting the Probation Service before going for a hospital appointment.
He said: "There's going to be no honeymoon period for the new commissioner, the criminals aren't going to take a break. The commissioner will have to get on with the job."
Mr Maddock, the former leader of Somerset County Council, is looking forward to three weeks of relentless campaigning and work.
"Bring it on," he said. "I can't wait."
Mr Savage, who chairs Bristol's city centre hospital trust, had appointments in Taunton before returning to Bristol for meetings at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.
He said: "We're really into the race now."
Elected following a vote on November 15, the new commissioner will replace the police authority in managing the constabulary's budget and holding the constabulary to account and will have the power to appoint or remove future chief constables.